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My mother’s been dealing with pulmonary fibrosis, and she has a autoimmune disease. Her treatment gives her little to no benefit, and seeing that I cannot really do anything to make her situation better gives me a lot of encouragement to help others and to improve their quality of life.
I have a passion for helping others, which I found out when working as an EMT. There is no better feeling of reward than saving somebody’s life, of preserving somebody’s life in the ambulance and delivering them to the ER and hearing back at at night that they’re alive because of you.
At LHI, I get to have that same impact on my patients.Hearing some of them who are initially gasping just to communicate with me and then, after treatment, hearing that they have so much energy and so much life in their voice, it gives me that same rewarding feeling that I had when I was an EMT.
LHI’s 12 Days of Giving is close to my heart, and it helped me secure treatment for one patient in particular. He was very determined, but cost was a factor. So when I had the opportunity to nominate someone, I knew it had to be him. He still calls me and still can’t believe I gave him such a gift. That’s one of many patients I’ve connected with.
My favorite part of working at LHI is being the bridge between the science and technology and the patient who is ill. I am that path for people to have a better life while they can. I also love the influence I can have on somebody’s well-being or life, by encouraging them and letting them know that it is not the end of the road, there’s always hope, and giving them that ray of light that they sometimes aren’t even getting from their doctors.
At LHI, I’ve gained even more compassion than what I had. I’ve gained a great sense of moral responsibility. I’ve gained a lot of love for my coworkers. And I’ve gained lot of good stories and medical knowledge from the staff — and from my patients, too. #WhatIsMyWhy